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Record number 503635
Title Polysaccharides: Molecular and Supramolecular Structures. Terminology.
Author(s) Heinze, Thomas; Petzold-Welcke, Katrin; Dam, J.E.G. van
Source In: The European Polysaccharide network of Excellence (EPNOE) / Navard, Patrick, Wien : Springer Verlag - ISBN 9783709104200 - p. 23 - 64.
Department(s) FBR BP Biorefinery & Sustainable Value Chains
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2012
Abstract This chapter summarises important issues about the molecular and supramolecular structure of polysaccharides. It describes the terminology of polysaccharides systematically. The polysaccharides are divided regarding the molecular structures in glucans, polyoses, polysaccharides with amino functions, polysaccharides with acid functions and some miscellaneous. The most important glucans cellulose, (1 → 3)-β-d-glucans, starch, glycogen, dextran and pullulan are discussed. For polyoses, xylans, mannans, xyloglucans and mixed-linkage β-glucans are described. Polysaccharides with amino functions include the description of chitin and chitosan, hyaluronan or hyaluronic acid, glycosaminoglycans and murein. The polysaccharides with acid functions are described including pectins, alginates, agar-agar and carrageenan. Moreover, inulin, levan and xanthan gum are described.
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